//Sankaracharya University officials under scanner

Sankaracharya University officials under scanner

KALADY: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) has launched an inquiry into the alleged manipulation of marks by the officials of the Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady, in the ‘Section Officer Examination’, held in the first quarter of 2000.

The inquiry has been based on a written complaint filed by former university registrar V K Abdul Jaleel with the VACB. The investigation is expected to bring to light serious irregularities having taken place in the conduct of the examination, sources said.

As part of the investigation, a VACB squad led by DySP Peter Babu reportedly inspected and confiscated some examination records from the University. Earlier, the Kerala High Court quashed the selection of 20 section officers in an order indicting that the selection was “susceptible to arbitrariness and favouritism”.

The verdict also observed that, “the norms of selection were laid down by a committee, which did not have the power to do it. The selection is therefore invalid.”

“We have only begun the investigation. It is too early to say anything about it. Moreover, some details cannot be disclosed owing to official reasons.” DySP Peter Babu told this website’s newspaper.

According to sources, the results were reportedly sorted out by a university official, who himself was an aspirant to the post. Marks were awarded to candidates with no sufficient experience or the required qualification.

Twenty officers were selected to the post even though there were only 17 vacancies, it is alleged. Despite the order to quash the selection of 20 aspirants, the University deliberately allowed the respondents to secure a stay order from the High Court, sources said.

On the completion of the Vigilance probe, all the 20 candidates would forcibly be relieved from their posts, sources said. Meanwhile, it is known unofficially that a syndicate meeting of the University that would be convened soon, may consider the elevation of three Section Officers to the post of Assistant Registrars.

This would be a gross violation of the norms, said highly-placed sources in the University.